Honors Course Agreement

Honors Course Agreement

Honors Course Agreements allow a student to take a non-Honors course for Honors course credit by enhancing the experience with components to provide additional rigor and more depth of study. The Honors process requires, with the approval and oversight from the faculty of record for the course, a student submit a proposal outlining these additional components and articulating how that additional work make the course Honors-worthy and relevant to the student's interests and/or course of study. The Course Agreement process is designed for a student to earn Honors credit in a course that is not already listed as an Honors course. An Honors Course Agreement is a method of adding an Honors component to a course and is generally used when a student wishes to study a topic more in-depth for which no Honors section is offered.

Message to UK Faculty: An Honors College Course Agreement requires careful planning between student and professor, collaboration throughout the semester as needed, and a commitment from both parties to follow through with the Honors credit process. For faculty who have questions about this process, please contact the student’s Honors advisor or the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Czarena Crofcheck (crofcheck@uky.edu)We appreciate your willingness to assist Honors students in earning Honors credit for your course, and we hope that your participation in this process is rewarding for both you and the student.

Proposing a Course For Honors Credit

Deadlines: A Course Agreement Proposal must be submitted to the Honors College by the end of the 2nd week for the Fall and Spring semester courses, and by the end of the 1st week for Summer and Winter Intersession courses. Students should make every effort to seek approval for a Course Agreement prior to the beginning of the semester. Submitting the signed Proposal by the appropriate deadline is not a guarantee of approval.

Eligible Students: Second, third and fourth year Honors students are welcome to seek approval for an Honors Course Agreement. First-year Honors students are typically not approved for an Honors Course Agreement, except by special permission of the Director of Academic Affairs.

Eligible Courses: The Course Agreement process may be used to convert any 200-level or above regular course, including Education Abroad courses.

Course Content: Honors courses are designed to follow more rigorous standards than general courses. The proposed additional coursework should be focused on intellectual and academic complexity. The activities, assignments or projects should be more challenging, include more advanced readings, or foster a deeper exploration and understanding of the general course content

Examples of additional Course Agreement content include:

  • researching/writing an additional scholarly paper
  • additional lab work or an enhanced project with accompanying readings and discussion
  • completing an additional set of challenging problems or laboratory experiments
  • participation in additional service activities or field experience with accompanying report/analysis
  • attendance in outside of classroom enrichment activities or special events with accompanying analysis

Workload: The additional workload for a typical Course Agreement should amount to approximately 15-20 additional hours.

Meetings: To ensure the course agreement process is followed adequately, two or three 1-on-1 meetings between professor and student are strongly recommended.

Group Agreements: At their discretion, a professor may oversee a group of Honors students enrolled in the same course and allow them to propose an agreement for a course as a group. This can be accomplished by having students follow the same set of additional requirements wherein the faculty member oversees separate individual requirements for each student. Approval for Group Agreements can be done using one single approval form if the students follow the same set of additional requirements. For Group Agreements in which students are completing different requirements separate proposals and forms for each student are required. Group Agreements must be submitted all at once directly to the Director of Academic Affairs.

Eligibility to Supervise a Course Agreement: Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Professors may approve and oversee a Course Agreement. Graduate Students or Teaching Assistants may not directly oversee a Course Agreement. The Honors College welcomes a team-based approach to Course Agreements, therefore, at their discretion, the Faculty of Record is able to assign oversight of the Course Agreement to other faculty members.

Steps for Obtaining Approval:

1. The student will submit a typed Honors College Course Agreement Proposal Form to the professor, detailing the additional work they would like to do beyond the regular course requirements.

2. If the professor approves, the student and professor complete and sign the Honors College Course Agreement Proposal form.

3. The contract is then submitted to the student’s Honors advisor (in person or via e-mail) by the appropriate deadline, along with the accompanying syllabus. Submitting the proposal by the appropriate deadline does not guarantee approval. Group agreements must be submitted directly to the Director of Academic Affairs.

4. A review of the proposal and contract is completed by the Director of Academic Affairs. The advisor will send an e-mail to the professor and student indicating approval, denial, or if additional information is needed prior to approval. NOTE: A student’s Honors advisor will only request to receive additional information once.

5. During finals week, the student’s Honors advisor will contact the professor to ensure the additional workload has been completed by the student.

6. Honors credit is awarded provided a grade of B or higher is earned in the course, and appropriate supplemental work is submitted to the Honors advisor by the last day of the term.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Course Agreement process please contact the Honors College at 859-257-3111 to speak with an Honors advisor.


Honors Course Conversion Proposal Form 

Honors Course Conversion Guidelines